August 21, 2019

Local councils are preparing for the possibility of school meal nutritional standards being amended or discarded altogether in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the BBC has revealed.

These legal standards are designed to make sure school children are fed healthy food.

It is anticipated by some councils that school meals will not mee...

August 19, 2019

Former Tory Chancellor Phillip Hammond MP has hit out at Prime Minister Boris Johnson and those "unelected people who pull the strings of this government.”

Writing in The Times, Mr Hammond warned Mr Johnson that he risks a "betrayal" of the 2016 Brexit referendum if he leaves the European Union (EU) without an agreement, as h...

July 11, 2019

Ayrshire New Potatoes, also known as Ayrshire Earlies because they are traditionally harvested early in the year, have been registered as a Protected Geographic Indication (PGI) by the European Union, thanks to a successful application by Girvan Early Growers.

This status offers extra protection against unauthorised imitation of Ayrshire Earlies,...

July 4, 2019

In the 2014-2020 funding programme, North Ayrshire has been directly allocated £5,925,755 from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which together make up the European Structural and Investment Funds and are managed in Scotland by the SNP Government.

North Ayrshire Council (NAC) is receiving £3,959,133...

June 26, 2019

At Portfolio Questions on Wednesday, Kenneth asked Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee MSP whether the SNP Government had received any clarity from the UK Government on its plans for replacing European Structural Funds with the Shared Prosperity Fund post-Brexit.

In his response, the Minister expressed his concern that the UK...

June 18, 2019

Kenneth was delighted to organise and chair a public meeting on Monday 17 June in Whiting Bay Village Hall with his friend and colleague Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy.

The purpose of the meeting was primarily to discuss the future of farming on Arran and Scotland amidst challenging circumstances, particularly with Brexit l...

June 5, 2019

The SNP Government has published legislation to set the rules for any referendum within the competence of the Scottish Parliament.

The Referendums (Scotland) Bill will provide a legal framework for the holding of referendums on any matter within Scotland’s control. It is intended that the Bill will have completed its parliamentary progress by the...

May 15, 2019

Scotland’s thriving food and drink sector has been put at risk by the looming threat of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, which would see crippling tariffs placed on our exports to the European Union (EU).

Working within the European Union’s (EU) policy and trading framework for over 40 years, farming and processing industries have structured themselves regard...

April 26, 2019

On Wednesday Kenneth ask the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, Graeme Dey MSP, what impact Brexit is anticipated to have on the supply of skilled labour, whether EU workers will be disproportionately affected, which sectors are most likely to be adversely affected, and what the resulting effect will be on economic growth. 

Mr De...

March 19, 2019

Kenneth hosted two information sessions for EU citizens, in Brodick on 11 March and West Kilbride on 18 March.

Both were well-attended by EU nationals, their spouses and partners seeking information on the UK Government’s EU Settled Status scheme and myriad Brexit-related queries.

Mark Lazarowicz, Chair of the EU Citizens Rights Project, also spok...

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